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No Yarncast for Christmas

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I’m really frustrated right now. I was filming an episode of Yarncast, and was about 95% done, when my camera batteries died. My camera does this thing where if the batteries are about to die, it warns me at the last possible second – not giving me enough time to stop recording – and then turns off, sending the video irrecoverably into oblivion. This wouldn’t upset me so much if it didn’t give that last-second warning. The fact that the camera gives that warning means it COULD either warn me sooner, or stop the recording so the video is saved. Then I would, at least, have 95% of a video and not 0%. If I had 95% I would change the batteries and finish the other 5%, but I don’t have time to re-record that 95%. Nor the disposition to not be cranky while doing it.

So instead, I’ll make a blog post of all the things I talked about.

First of all, I don’t know where December went. I had everything all planned out so that I could finish most of my WIPs during December. But then I blinked and most of December is gone. I haven’t even finished everything I planned to give for Christmas presents. Bah. Well, here’s what I did work on.

First of all, I did an Opal miniskein swap. I got 24 miniskeins

Opal miniskein swap

and 2 left over from what I sent out. I planned to do an advent calendar type thing, taking 1 out every day and knitting a hexipuff for my Beekeeper’s Quilt. That didn’t happen… it is the 22ed and I have 10.


They are already sewn together – these are the first of the puffs I’ve joined. I plan on putting all of these Opal miniskeins into 2 rows.

Next thing I worked on – Contrast has some progress! The body is done and the first sleeve is halfway done.


Then, some of those last patterns I bought were part of the Indie Design Gift Along. I finished the hat from the Peppermint and Pine Set


and I’m working on the mittens. Also in progress are some patterns I already owned, but which are eligible for the Indie Gift Along. First off is Earthen, which I can’t really get a picture of that does it justice.


Then, I was going to do Acai. But after getting everything ready I realized, Earthen and Acai are pretty much the same pattern. One has a larger size and one has a smaller size, but other than that, they’re the same. Same stitch counts, same stitch patterns. Now that goes to show that I obviously like the look of this pattern, but still – this is why I need to stop buying patterns. I went and checked, and I hadn’t actually paid for either of them – I got them during free promotions – but if I had paid, I’d be really mad at myself. I have over 3,000 patterns, and I rarely use any of them. I need to start looking my library first, in Ravelry free patterns second, and at paid patterns third. One of my goals for 2016 is going to be use my library. I do plan to buy some Woolly Wormhead patterns, because I’ll be participating in The Woolly Dozen (the baker’s dozen I’m planing on doing is in a bundle here), but other than that… is not buying patterns until next year’s Indie Gift Along a reasonable goal? Hmm.

Anyway, so I’m not making Acai. I considered making it anyway and turning it inside out, but then I wasn’t much enjoying the process of knitting Earthen, so. I’m making Jane instead – it’s another pattern I already owned, but is eligable for the GAL. Again, I got this pattern free – I was suppose to participate in a KAL with it, but didn’t get around to it. Better late then never though!


I also finished Chancey’s socks, which I think I showed the HO of on the last ep of yarncast.


As I think I said, I’m not a fan of the Valley Yarns Huntington, which I used for the heel and a little bit of the cuff – so if anyone wants the rest of it, I’m destashing it.

So – stash enhancements. Here’s November’s Highland Handmades Color Study Club. “Lost in these Pages, I am Found” on Green Ash Worsted.


And December’s Leading Men Fiber Arts‘ color of the month, “Complete Imagination”, which I got on Box Office


And I got my first YarnBox! This is considered my Christmas present from the kids, which is why I started it this month instead of next. It’s Louet Gems Fingering Weight – I got Lavender, Teal, and Mint! I loved all the possible color combos for this month’s box, but if I had to choose this would have been my #1 choice, so I’m really excited that I got it.

Update: I can no longer recommend Yarnbox. See this ravelry thread to explain why –

December 2015 Yarnbox

Coincidently, the YarnBox and the LMFA color of the month match this month! So I can make myself a matching set of something. Socks and a hat? Socks and fingerless mitts? Hat and mitts? I’m not sure. But since the YarnBox is my Christmas present, it has to be something for myself!!

Oh, one more thing – Christmas is my knitaversary. This Christmas will be my 5th! I have been knitting for 5 years 🙂

So, that’s it. Hopefully, I will get an episode of Yarncast out next week. I would like to get one before the new year, because I know this is a time of year that there’s not a lot to watch because many podcasters take a break. I will, at the very least, blog about my 2016 goals before the year ends, so I won’t say happy new year yet but – Merry Christmas!

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